National Dump the Pump Day

June 16, 2016 at 12:01 am | Posted in Today's Reasons To Celebrate | Leave a comment

Good morning my frugal friends. Today is Thursday, June 16th. Today’s holidays are:

National Dump the Pump Day

National Dump the Pump Day can be loosely construed to mean that you should not fill your gas tank today, or that you should find alternative ways to get to work other than driving, such as walking, jogging, riding your bike, or car-pooling…and all of these are commendable. However, this National Dump the Pump Day, which is sponsored by, and was created by, the American Public Transportation Association 11 years ago, specifically urges you to use public transportation today.
With gas prices being so fluid these days, everyone is looking for ways to save money. Congested roads, pollution, and difficulty parking in urban areas, are also reasons to consider alternative means of transportation. National Dump the Pump Day encourages people to ride public transportation (instead of driving) to save money. Riding public transit is an economical way to save money, particularly when gas prices are high. The April American Public Transportation Association’s “Transit Savings Report” shows that a two person household that downsizes to one car can save – on the average – more than $9,000 a year.
Public transportation doesn’t just help people save money, though, it also helps communities grow and prosper.  For example, for every $1 invested in public transportation, $4 is returned in economic returns.  Mayors know that communities with public transportation are more competitive.  So, riding public transportation helps people and their communities.
Americans are in love with their cars, and many even feel lost without them. Although you may feel uncomfortable giving up your car, even for one day, celebrating National Dump the Pump Day may be the catalyst you need to break the cycle of dependence on your car as your sole means of transportation.

National Fudge Day 

Fudge is a drier version of fondant, made by boiling sugar in milk to the soft-ball stage and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy texture. The most popular flavor is the original chocolate, though it does come in many other flavors. Some popular flavors are peanut butter, Oreo, marshmallow, nut, maple, and rocky road.
Fudge is an American invention: Some food historians peg the date to February 14, 1886, but the exact origin and inventor are disputed. Most stories claim that the first batch of fudge resulted from an accident with a bungled (“fudged”) batch of caramel when the sugar was allowed to recrystallize; hence the name from the interjection, “Oh fudge!” The first documentation of the word “fudge” was in an 1886 letter from a Vassar College student. In it, she discussed this sweet confection that her cousin made and sold in Baltimore, Maryland. The original fudge recipes were famously delicate: Precise measurements, cooking time and constant stirring were crucial for perfect fudge. The recipe looks simple – heat a mixture of sugar, butter, and milk or cream to the soft-ball stage (224°-238°F), then beat it to a smooth, creamy consistency while it cools. But it is easy to undercook or overcook a batch (not every home cook had, or has a candy thermometer) and end up with “crystallized” fudge through insufficient stirring. As a result, “foolproof” recipes were developed for the home cook that included corn syrup, which prevents crystallization and produces smooth fudge. Later recipes substituted sweetened condensed milk, marshmallow creme, or other ingredients for the milk/cream that were better guarantees of a perfect fudge texture. Of course, they didn’t guarantee the same creamy taste as the original recipe. If you want the best-tasting fudge, forget the sweetened condensed milk, corn syrup, and marshmallow cream and go for the original ingredients. Once you’ve mastered the technique, you’ll be much happier with the result. Make a batch of fudge today…your taste buds will thank you. Happy stirring.

Fresh Veggies Day

Only about one-in-four Americans eat enough fruits and vegetables to meet their daily needs. Most nutritionists agree that people need to eat between 4 and 6 cups of fruits and vegetables every day – depending on age, gender and level of physical activity – to get the minimum daily requirements of nutrients. As a general rule, a serving size is considered to be ½ cup but there are a few exceptions.
I know, you’re probably saying to yourself about now, “I’m a carnivore, not a ruminant, how the heck am I supposed to eat that much roughage every day?” Well, one way is through juicing, but a good quality juicer can be a major investment, so you need to consider your financial status. If you don’t want to buy, or can’t afford a juicer, this web site provides guidelines on a number of fruits and vegetables you need each day and offers suggestions about how you can meet your goals.
Fresh Veggies Day was created to urge you to eat fresh vegetables. Fresh vegetables are healthy and delicious; a good source of many vitamins and minerals. Try to incorporate some fresh vegetables into your menu today.
Author’s Note: My efforts to convince the scientific community to re-classify bacon and steak as vegetables have, thus far, not been fruitful. They agree that vegetables nourish the body, but disagree with my premise that because pigs and cows eat mainly vegetables and grains, their meat (which has been nourished by vegetables) should be classified as a vegetable as well. Until they come to their senses and realize the validity of my argument, I guess I will (grudgingly) continue to eat at least one serving of vegetables at each meal.


International Day of the African Child

Recess at Work Day

World Sea Turtle Day

On this date:

  • In 1487 – The War of the Roses ended with the Battle of Stoke.
  • In 1567 – Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle in Scotland.
  • In 1858 – In a speech in Springfield, IL, U.S. Senate candidate Abraham Lincoln said the slavery issue had to be resolved. He declared, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
  • In 1884 – At Coney Island, in Brooklyn, NY, the first roller coaster in America opened.
  • In 1903 – Ford Motor Company was incorporated.
  • In 1909 – Glenn Hammond Curtiss sold his first airplane, the “Gold Bug” to the New York Aeronautical Society for $5,000.
  • In 1922 – Henry Berliner accomplished the first helicopter flight at College Park, MD.
  • In 1941 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the closure of all German consulates in the United States. The deadline was set as July 10.
  • In 1952 – “Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl” was published in the United States.
  • In 1955 – The House of Representatives voted to extend Selective Service until 1959.
  • In 1961 – Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Soviet Union while in Paris, traveling with the Leningrad Kirov Ballet.
  • In 1963 – 26-year-old Valentina Tereshkova went into orbit aboard the Vostok 6 spacecraft for three days. She was the first female space traveler.
  • In 1978 – President Carter and Panamanian leader Omar Torrijos ratified the Panama Canal treaties.
  • In 1981 – The “Chicago Tribune” purchased the Chicago Cubs baseball team from the P.K. Wrigley Chewing Gum Company for $20.5 million.
  • In 1992 – President George H.W. Bush welcomed Russian President Boris Yeltsin to a meeting in Washington, DC. The two agreed in principle to cut strategic weapon arsenals by about two-thirds by the year 2003.
  • In 1993 – The U.S. Postal Service released a set of seven stamps that featured Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Clyde McPhatter, Otis Redding, Ritchie Valens, Dinah Washington and Elvis Presley.
  • In 1996 – Russian voters had their first independent presidential election. Boris Yeltsin was the winner after a run-off.
  • In 1999 – The United States Circuit Court of Appeals said that a 1992 federal music piracy law does not prohibit a palm-sized device that can download high-quality digital music files from the Internet and play them at home.
  • In 2000 – Federal regulators approved the merger of Bell Atlantic and GTE Corp. The merger created the nation’s largest local phone company.
  • In 2000 – Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson reported that an employee at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico had discovered that two computer hard drives were missing.
  • In 2008 – California began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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